Summary: The dramatic rescue and release of Colombia hostage Ingrid Betancourt on July 2, 2008, riveted the world’s attention. Another kidnapping victim the same year Betancourt was taken captive was the governor of Antioquia, Guillermo Gaviria Correa. Little known is his embrace of nonviolence as a political strategy that led to his capture by the FARC and his death during a failed rescue attempt May 5, 2003. This English translation of his diary book is being published on the seventh anniversary of his death.
Guillermo is the Martin Luther King Jr. of Colombia." —Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.,
Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence, "A Kingian Nonviolence
Scholar," Emory University
"Governor Gaviria’s writings
reveal a brave
and deeply spiritual man, whose compassionate heart and fine mind were
not corrupted by suffering but deepened to an all-encompassing
unconditional love of everyone, including his captors." —Nobel Peace Prize winner
Mairead Maguire cofounded the Community of the Peace People in Northern
"Through the governor’s. . . . suffering and death we count the cost of our convictions to strive for a nonkilling global society. Will the work continue?" —James F. S. Amstutz, in the Editor’s Preface
book by an inspired Christian political leader, offering both a love
story and a record of his captivity and vision, shows why he is as
distinctively important for the nonviolent human future as Gandhi and
King." — Glenn D.
Paige, Author of Nonkilling Global Political Science
"Governor Gaviria: I see you
Divine Comedy with lucidity and with admiration in the painful hours of
your captivity. . . . I see . . . you . . . descending the staircase of
that hell and trying to imagine, while doing so, how to build stairs
that will lead to light and peace." —William Ospina, Colombian poet
and essayist, in the Foreword
Shelving: Memoir, autobiography; Colombia; Nonviolence, pacifism.
interested in Christian nonviolence and a story of how one man chose
commitment to nonviolence even at the price of death.
The Author: Dedicating
himself to nonviolent leadership and love, Guillermo Gaviria Correa was
governor of Colombia’s state of Antioquia until as part of seeking to
implement his nonviolent vision he was taken hostage in 2002 and killed
during a 2003 rescue attempt.
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